The best and worst films of 2009

The Coen brothers' "A Serious Man" topped Tom Charity's list of 2009's best films.

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Coen brothers' "A Serious Man" is best film of the year, Tom Charity says

Also in top 10: "Ponyo," "Inglourious Basterds," "Hurt Locker"

Year was mostly dismal, says Charity, with many mindless blockbusters

Hollywood is suffering from lack of mid-level films that used to be bread and butter, he says

(CNN) -- Over the past week, "Avatar" and "Sherlock Holmes" sealed another record-breaking box-office year for Hollywood, with a little help from a trio of singing chipmunks.

The economy may not be back on its feet yet, but at least the movie busine